Caller Arrested After Leaving Oregon Teacher Message About "Testing" School Security

Posted Friday, March 1, 2013 --- 2:37 p.m.

Press Release from the Oregon Police Department:

Incident Type: Unlawful Use of a Telephone

Incident Date: 3/1/13 at 12:57am

Address: Netherwood Knoll Elementary School 200 North Main Street Oregon, WI 53575

Details: On 3/1/13 at approximately 12:57 a.m., an unidentified individual left a voicemail message on a fourth grade teacher’s classroom telephone. The male caller stated he has intentions of “testing the school’s security system” by coming there and observing the school’s reaction. Additionally the caller makes mention of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

At no time did the caller make any specific threat toward the students or staff, nor did he specify a particular location, date, or reason for his call.

Prior to the start of school, the teacher first played the voicemail message and contacted the District Office. School Officials immediately met with police to report this information and begin a threat assessment. While police began their investigation, School Officials followed their district protocol and put the district schools into a secure perimeter lockdown.

Police were able to trace the call to a cell phone registered to a 47 year old male from Portage, WI. With help from Portage Police, he was arrested and transported to the Oregon Police Department for questioning. During questioning, the arrested individual admitted to making the call while intoxicated. He stated his intentions were to call a friend with a phone number beginning in 635. In error, he dialed 835 (an Oregon prefix) and was greeted by a teacher’s voicemail outgoing message. The caller stated he thought of his son’s school and their security protocol so he decided to leave a message related to this issue. At no time during questioning did he make any specific threat nor did investigator s have reason to believe he intended harm directed at Oregon students and/or staff.

The caller was booked into the Dane County Jail for one count of Disorderly Conduct and one count of Unlawful Use of a Telephone.

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